SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS BEST DRESSED

The SAG Awards made me so happy last night because not only did Uzo Aduba win for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Comedy Series, but Orange is the New Black won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series!! Ahhhhh, I was so happy I could barely contain myself. Actually, I really didn’t contain myself! I had a mini freak out when I heard they won!!

The movie categories went as I expected with the majority of the winners being the same as they were at the Golden Globes. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it just makes it less exciting in my opinion. I really want to try and see as many of the Oscar nominated movies as I can. So far, I haven’t seen any, but once I finish this post I’m going to watch Boyhood. In the next few weeks, virtually every other nominated movie will be released at Redbox so I’ll have a lot of watching to do!!

As for the red carpet, I was highly impressed. I was watching the E! red carpet and I was really missing Giuliana Rancic. Maria Menounos was fine, but it really bothered me that she kept asking, “What are you wearing?” The proper answer to that question would be a dress, or a suit. If she wanted to know the designer, she needed to ask, “Who are you wearing?” There were a few other awkward moments and I felt she took the compliments slightly too far, but other than that I enjoyed the coverage.

I loved that so many women opted for color. Sofia Vergara stunned in red. Sophia Bush wore an orange Vivienne Westwood gown. Uzo Aduba wore yellow. Julianne Moore looked gorgeous in green Givenchy. Julianna Marguilies donned blue. And Keira Knightley was a beautiful mommy-to-be in purple. It was the perfect array of rainbow hues!

Did you see how colorful the stage was when the cast of Orange is the New Black accepted their award for Outstanding Ensemble?!!

Here is my list of last night’s best dressed:

sag tatiana

Tatiana Maslany in Oscar de la Renta. I have never watched Orphan Black, but Tatiana looked lovely in this striped gown. I liked that the stripes went in the opposite direction at the waistband because it kept the dress from becoming one big mind f*#! (for lack of a technical term).

sag sophia

Sophia Bush in Vivienne Westwood. This was one of my favorite dresses of the night! I loved the burnt orange color and the silhouette. You could tell it was Vivienne Westwood without having to ask. And Sophia’s hair was gorgeous and fit with the style of the gown perfectly.

sag sarah

Sarah Paulson in Armani Privé. Although Sarah shied away from color, I still love this gown. It was very simple and chic but accentuated the thinnest part of her waist, so it was quite flattering. I really liked her hair too!

sag rosamund

Rosamund Pike in Dior Haute Couture. This dress was on some worst dressed lists, but I love that Rosamund isn’t afraid to take risks. I liked the rosettes on the gown and the overall style. Since she is pretty tall and slim, the volume of the dress was still fairly flattering. There are very few people who could pull this dress off, but I thought Rosamund definitely did!

sag reese

Reese Witherspoon in Giorgio Armani. Reese stuck with neutrals again after donning a silver gown at the Golden Globes. Again, this dress was simple, but hugged her body in all the right places. The single shoulder details gave it enough of an oomph to make it on my best dressed list!

sag maggie

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Thakoon. I love this dress and Maggie looked statuesque in it! I liked the slit down the middle and the sheer material at the cleavage. The gown showed just the right amount of skin.

sag lupita

Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab. As always, Lupita is one of my best dressed. This gown had quite a bit going on with the stripes and the floral print, but I loved it! The colors of the gown looked great against her skin and her hair and makeup were superb. And did anyone else see Jared Leto totally checking her out as they presented the award to Mark Ruffalo? They’d be such a hot couple!!

sag kelly

Kelly Macdonald in Vintage Moschino. I loved that Kelly chose a shorter gown. Some may feel it’s not appropriate for the SAG Awards, but I think it worked! She still looked formal, but I’m sure she had less trouble walking since there was no train.

534088727LL00077_TNT_s_21st

Keira Knightley in Erdem. This was another one of my favorites! The color is absolutely stunning and I love the mesh around the cleavage and the lacy material! Her hair and makeup complimented the gown beautifully.

sag kaley

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Romona Keveza. This gown made Kaley look smokin’! I liked the sleek silhouette and the tiny belt around the waist. And I still cannot get over her hair! It looks amazing!

sag julie

Julie Bowen in Georges Hobeika. Julie went all out girly girl last night and I loved it. The beading and floral detailing were stunning. I also liked the pastel colors.

531217507ZK00118_21st_Annua

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Haute Couture. Julianne has been looking absolutely amazing on all red carpets thus far and I can’t wait to see her at the Oscars! This gown was a great color for her because it goes great with her fiery red hair. I loved the beading and how it slowly faded away at the bottom. She was gorgeous!

sag felicity

Felicity Jones in Balenciaga. Loved the color, the silhouette, the criss cross straps! I wasn’t a fan of her gown at the Golden Globes, but Felicity redeemed herself last night! She was definitely one of the best dressed of the night.

531206743TM00509_21st_Annua

Emma Stone in Dior Haute Couture. Oh Emma, how I wish I could be you just for a day! Just as she did at the Golden Globes, she went with an unconventional ensemble. It wasn’t your typical gown, with the tuxedo jacket, shorter hemline and long sheer train! But she rocked it and I just love her so so much!!

APTOPIX 21st Annual SAG Awards - Arrivals

Sofia Vergara in Donna Karan. Sofia killed it as usual. She knows what body parts to accentuate (cough cough boobs). And she had some pretty hot arm candy last night too!

sag claire

Claire Danes in Marc Jacobs. The emerald color of this gown was just stunning! I liked the twisted detail at the neck and the small bit of skin that peeks through at her waist. This gown was much better than her Golden Globes look.

531206743TM00481_21st_Annua

Camila Alves in Donna Karan. The material looked almost velvet-like and it photographed beautifully. Camila is so naturally stunning, but this gown just accentuated her beauty and her curves. I loved the deep purple hue as well.

 

All photos courtesy of E! Online

METAMORPHOSIS

The transformation from an immature form to an adult form is known as metamorphosis. Just as a butterfly begins it’s life as a caterpillar, I have evolved from an awkward-hair-straightener-loving teen to a more mature and naturally “beautiful” woman. I put beautiful in quotes because I would never use that word to describe myself. Not because I don’t think I’m beautiful, but because it just seems odd to label myself as such. Just as most young women do, I struggle with my appearance. Some days, I look in the mirror and love what I see and other days I can’t stand to look at myself. My boyfriend always tells me that my face never changes and while I know that to be true, there are just some days where my face seems more Shrek-like than human. Hehe! (It’s not really that bad, but I think you get the point.)

Throughout high school, I straightened my hair — a very time-consuming task I might add. That’s what everyone did, so I did it too. I always thought I liked my hair straight, but as I’ve gotten older I have fallen more in love with my curls. I also know how to better style them now which probably helps! No more crunchy gel-filled hair for me!!

Although I have reached my adult form, I am still transforming, becoming a better version of myself each and every day.

Everyone goes through changes, and if you’re lucky, you learn to appreciate and accept yourself for who you are. You learn to accept your inner and outer beauty and you choose to be happy! There are still parts of myself that I wish I could change (i.e. my height) but I try to remind myself to choose happiness.

“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.”

— Ralph Marston

_________________________________________________________________

Such a long and deep story built solely from the butterfly print on my shirt. It just felt right. But as for my outfit — I just got the shirt on Friday from the Zara store in Tyson’s Corner. I had never actually been in a Zara store before so I was really excited!! And almost everything was on sale! I ended up getting this top and a mustard-colored skirt with a floral print (of course!). I decided to pair the printed top with my black textured pants because I like experimenting and mixing different colors, prints and textures. I didn’t even add accessories to this look because I felt like there was enough going on with the butterfly print and rosette-ish textured black pant! I know the gap between where my pants stop and my shoes begin may seem a little odd, but I am all for it. Let me know what you think!

IMG_4206 redone 2
IMG_4146 redone 2
IMG_4105 redone redone
IMG_4211 redone 2
IMG_4134 redone 2
IMG_4124 redone 2
IMG_4205 redone 2
IMG_4203 redone 2
IMG_4121 redone 2
IMG_4252 redone 2
IMG_4173 redone 2
IMG_4160 redone 2
IMG_4110 redone 2
IMG_4248 redone 2
IMG_4147 redone 2
IMG_4133 redone 2
IMG_4239 redone 2

 

Shirt — Zara

Pants — Donna Ricco via Cheap Frills at Building Character in Lancaster, PA

Belt — Vintage

Boots — Qupid via PacSun  (similar here and here)

SPLIT WING

Say hello to my little friend…my bellybutton!! Haha, just kidding. That’s actually a little weird. But it is peeking out in today’s post with my Urban Outfitters sale find. This 4th & Rose Split Wing Tee was originally $69, but I got it for $20. Pretty good deal, right?

I like how at first glance, it looks like I’m wearing a dress, but then you see that it’s a little more edgy with the split right down the middle. If this were worn as a dress, we’d run into quite a few problems — the major one being the exposure of your “who-ha!” While I could have easily worn the top over jeans, I opted for my black liquid leggings to play up the more rock’n’roll vibe of the shirt. That’s why I added my Dolce Vita for Target boots too!

The top is still available online if you like it. Trust me, it’s worth the $20! When it gets warmer, you can wear it over a pair of high-waisted shorts (as is seen on Urban Outfitter’s website) and be good to go! It’s really quite versatile.

IMG_4035 redone
IMG_4041 redone
IMG_4004 redone
IMG_4050 redone 2
IMG_4037 redone
IMG_4010 redone
IMG_4006 redone
IMG_4015 redone 2
IMG_4028 redone

 

Shirt — Urban Outfitters

Sweater — Brandy Melville

Leggings — Charlotte Russe

Boots — Dolce Vita for Target

SNOW BUNNY

When I saw the snow begin to fall around 10, I went to get dressed as quickly as I could because I wanted to take some snowy pictures! My boyfriend and I managed to take a little over 150 pictures in a matter of maybe five minutes. He just kept snapping away. Sometimes I get mad at him for that because he’ll catch me when I’m talking and my mouth will be open or I’ll be making the most absurd looking face. But for every not-so-flattering picture, there’s another that I absolutely love because he caught a more candid moment. (I really shouldn’t be making any complaints because I am so very lucky to have a boyfriend willing to take tons of pictures of me and my outfits!)

And I know I’m not exactly a snow bunny, but more of a snow bear in this oversized sweater jacket! I bought this a year ago at the LF store in La Jolla. Of course when I bought it, it was in the 60s so I had no need to wear it then. But it was just so cute, I couldn’t resist it! I layered that over my black H&M  sweater and added these white Mossimo jeggings. I’ve had the jeggings for going on a year now, but never wore them (I actually forgot they were in my closet). They were oh so comfortable and have a little bit of an edge to them with the zippers at the ankle. This was the perfect neutral winter look — at least in my opinion!

IMG_3892 redone
IMG_3902 redone
IMG_3808 redone
IMG_3891 redone
IMG_3823 redone
IMG_3813 redone
IMG_3862 redone
IMG_3853 redone
IMG_3878 redone
IMG_3880 redone 2
IMG_3852 redone

 

Sweater Jacket — LF

Black Sweater — H&M (similar here and here)

Pants — Mossimo via Target

Necklace — Lou Lou Boutique (similar here)

Boots — Dirty Laundry via DSW (similar here)

WINTER BLUES

Lately, I’ve been really obsessed with my height. I’m nearly 5’6″ which is pretty average, but I’ve just been feeling so tiny lately. It’s probably all in my head, and the fact that I have a 6’5″ boyfriend doesn’t help either – hehe! But since I can’t make myself grow, I decided to make myself look taller with the clothing I wear.

Today, I opted for a lightweight pair of overalls and my Jeffrey Campbell boots. The overalls fall slightly below my feet, so with the addition of the boots (and their two-inch heel) it gives off the appearance of longer limbs.

I decided to add the floral top underneath the overalls because I love mixing prints, and flowers and palm trees go together, right? Guess you can tell by my ensemble and choice of prints that I’m lusting after warmer weather!

IMG_3619 redone
IMG_3643 redone
IMG_3681 redone
IMG_3624 redone
IMG_3744 redone
IMG_3725 redone
IMG_3687 redone
IMG_3696 redone
IMG_3636 redone

 

Overalls — Sugarhill Boutique (similar here)

Top — Mind Code

Boots — Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)

Watch — Vintage

Necklace — Sundance Jewelry